Director Supply Chain

Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Ireland
Contact Name: Laurentina Kennedy
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Job Description

Director, Supply Chain

Our Vision is Excellence Through Partnerships. Our Purpose is to secure the integrity of the end-to-end supply network with a relentless focus on Safety, Quality, Delivery and Value. As a supply leader, integrating the needs and perspectives of different functions and business units, internal stakeholders and external partners, to deliver for patients and achieve enterprise value is your opportunity. Partnership is your passion.


· Network Supply Planning: lead a team of managers to develop and maintain the end-to-end Network Supply Plans for the assigned Alkermes products 

· Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP): lead the monthly S&OP Supply Planning process, including the Monthly Supply Review meeting. 

· Inventory Management: ensure risk-based inventory management strategies are defined, justified, and endorsed for materials and implemented across the nodes of the end-to-end network

· Scenario Planning: prepares strategic ‘what-if’ product scenario analysis to proactively identify risks and opportunities – confirms manufacturing and supply plans are aligned to commercial demand, inventory strategy, sourcing strategy and other requirements.

· Systems: develop, maintain and improve planning systems for current and future commercial products, working closely with Quality, Finance and Business Process Excellence functions to ensure transaction controls and compliance are met.

· Annual Long-Range Planning: coordinate development of the 5-Year Units plan for all products assigned as well as management level reporting for the exercise to support product network strategy and life-cycle management. 

· Operations:

· Supply: develop, maintain, and improve processes to assure timely delivery of materials including Raw Materials, Excipients, API, Drug Product, Packaging Components and Finished Goods in accordance with Commercial requirements.

· Supplier Relationship Management: responsible to ensure full supply chain support for the SRM program to ensure execution of the Network Supply Plan at internal and external suppliers

· Sales & Operations Execution (S&OE): lead for Supply Chain within the External Operations S&OE and/or Operations S&OE processes as required. 

· Performance Management: responsible for supply chain KPI’s reporting, analysis and improvement for the products assigned. Supports achievement of operational key performance targets. Responsible to drive improvements in supply chain KPI systems and reporting

· Budget: lead budget and quarterly Flash update processes for Commercial Supply Chain 

· Purchasing: execute the purchasing function for External Operations in line with department procedures and procurement policies


Bachelors degree in a related field and 12+ years’ work experience, or a Masters in a Supply Chain or Business related field and 9+ years’ work experience.


Technical Expertise

· Impacts areas beyond operational function

· Recognized internally as a leader in technology, processes and products



· Drives performance and accepts accountability for department outcome. Incorporates external benchmarks for functional excellence. Translates concepts into accountable action plans and drives implementation 

Continuous Improvement

· Champions major change initiatives and innovation with impact beyond own function. 

· Acts as a positive change agent, influencing and implementing improvements that drive performance excellence. 

· Creates opportunities for team to drive innovation

Business Acumen

· Collaborates cross-functionally to pursue strategic objectives. 

· Translates complex concepts into executable plans. 

· Navigates organizational culture, change and direction issues. 

· Benchmarks externally and develops strategic vision at department level


Decision Making

· Demonstrates situational leadership and creative problem solving with impact beyond own function. 

· Establishes credibility and a track record of success in dealing with complex challenges.

· Makes appropriate decisions based on limited information and communicates them effectively. 

· Acts as a resource for the company on operational & cross-functional initiatives

Personnel & People Development/Leadership

· Provides consultation & leadership to SC & other areas of the business. 

· Influences, inspires & encourages team members & those in other areas of the business. 

· Interacts frequently with other departments, peer group managers, senior management, cross-functional teams & external parties. 

· Shapes strategies based on emerging trends. 

· Gains acceptance from others on complex or sensitive situations. 

· Participates and encourages participation in professional associations, industry/trade groups & appropriate standards organizations. 

· Works well in a changing organizational environment. Acts as a role model for self-development.


· Takes a leadership role in driving effective collaboration across the company for large, enterprise-wide initiatives. 

· Uses effective communications to influence key business leaders across the company


· Communicates effectively by tailoring messages appropriately for senior leadership as well as internal and external audiences. 

· Translates organizational developments into meaningful and actionable directives for direct reports and team. 

· Prepares and delivers clear and effective presentations to senior management.

CV’s to Gerry Kennedy at / ++353 (0) 1 2302400.